Day 1. Transfer to Mbale
On arrival in Uganda and our driver/guide will transfer you to Mbale for dinner and overnight at Lacam lodge.
Day 2. From Budadiri to Sasa Camp (2.900m)
In the morning you reach Budadiri (1250 m), nearby Mbale town, at the gate of the Mount Elgon National Park. After arranging the guide and porters, with food and camping gear, you start walking until Sasa River Camp (2.900 m) for the dinner and overnight. The distance is about 8 km. and takes average 7 to 8 hours walk. Altitude in a day: 1.700m.
Day 3. From Sasa camp to Mude Camp (3.500m)
After breakfast at the camping site, proceed through the forest to Mude Cave Campsite for dinner and overnight. Distance of the day about 5 km. and 4 to 5 hours walk. Altitude of the day: 600m.
Day 4. From Mude Camp to Wagagay Peak (4321 m) and return to Mude
Continue with the walk through the moorland zone up to the main peak, Wagagai, and return to the Mude campsite for dinner and overnight. Distance of the day: 18 km.and 8 to 9 hours walk. Altitude of the day: 820m.
Day 5. From Mude Camp back to Budadiri
After breakfast descend to Budadiri and back to Mbale. Later, transfer back to Kampala dinner and overnight at The lodge.
Day 6. Transfer to Rwenzori
Transfer to kasese, lunch in Fort portal town. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Margherita.
Day 7. Start of the Weismann’s and Stella Peaks – 6 day trek
The trek starts from Kyanjuki, which is situated 1,450 meters above sea level and 12 kilometers from Kasese at around 9 am. You will be briefed by you guides at the UWA rangers post at 1,727 meters. We start by walking up the valley floor through tall forest trees of the Afro Montane Forest Zone. In this beautiful environment you will be able to see a variety of Flora and Fauna. Sleep at Sine Hut – 2,585 metres Sleep at Sine Hut – 2,585 metres
Day 8. From Sine Hut 2,585 meters to Mutinda Camp 3,925 meters
After a good breakfast, trekking starts at 8.30am to Kalalama Camp at 3,147 meters through the Bamboo-Mimulopsis Zone which is a steep climb. Reaching Kalalama Camp take a rest and a quick cup of tea or coffee before heading on to Mutinda Camp. The trail meanders up and over several small knolls along a ridge top then drops down the side of the valley before climbing again, and in doing so cross several small streams and passing close to moss covered waterfalls. The trail twists and turns as you climb up the deep valley, which has an enormous variety of plants and flowers. Eventually you get to Mutinda Camp which is set near a small river that drops off a waterfall and offers a chance to wash, refresh and relax or, you may wish to climb up to the top of the Mutinda Lookout (one and a half hours up and one hour down).
Day 9. 4.9km starting at 3,688 meters climbing to 4,062 meters
You cross the Mutinda valley through the tussock grass and everlasting flowers interspersed with many Giant Lobelias before climbing a steep section up to the Namusangi Valley (3,840 meters), which ends abruptly with sheer waterfalls and fantastic views of Mutinda Peaks. The trail climbs steadily to Bugata Camp at 4,062 meters. Bugata Camp has good facilities, solar lights, good toilets and bathrooms where the guides may prepare some warm water in a basin for you to wash. Bugata also has a heli pad (GPS reading N 18.312 E29 53.457) in case of any need for rescue by helicopter.
Climb Weismann’s Peak 4,620 metres and Stella Peak 4,626 metres 3.7km to Weismanns Peak then another 800 metres to Stella Peak and return. Total distance 9km 4 to 6 hours. The trek starts by walking across the hillside below high cliffs above Bugata Lake then around a ridge point to Lake Kopello. The last section to the peak is steep on solid rock and can be difficult when snowing or iced up and it may be necessary to use ropes for safety. On a clear day you get fantastic views of all the main peaks, Mt Stanley, Mt Speke and Mt Baker. The top of Weismann’s Peak is relativity flat or dome shaped with deep moss growing on the rocks creating a beautiful atmosphere. For those who want to climb the highest point we can take a gentle walk across the moss covered domed shaped ridge to Stella Peak 4,626 metres. Return to Bugata Camp. Sleep at Bugata Camp.
Day 11. Descend to either Kiharo Camp 3,460 metres or Samalira Camp 3,170 metres
Early morning set off around Lake Bugata and the outlet of Kopello Lake then climb 200 metres to the confluence of the two valleys. The valley is home to many Red Forest Duiker (Cephalophuc nigrifrons rubidus) At night you may stay in Kiharo Camp at 3,460 metres an area rich in evergreen plants and babbling streams. At night the air is filled with the calls of the rock hyrax as they sit in the rocky cliffs high above.
After a hearty breakfast you walk down the valley which is home to many species of birds who dive in and out the thick vegetation. After descending a few kilometres you climb two hundred metres height to a ridge overlooking the valley before crossing several small valleys and streams to Kyalavula. Samalira Camp 3,147 meters is situated in a closed valley at the top of several waterfalls and is the alternative to sleeping In Kiharo Camp. From here you descend down a long ridge, through the Bamboo-Mimulopsis Zone and Afro Montane Forest Zone back down to base camp in Kilembe. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Margherita.
Day 13. Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable NP
Transfer to Bwindi, have lunch en-route and continue to the park. Dinner and over night Buhoma Community.
Day 14: The encounter with mountains gorillas
Morning briefing from the rangers at 8.00 am before you enter the gorilla sanctuary. The thrill of your encounter will erase the difficulties of the potentially strenuous trek. Bring jungle boots and rain jackets because the park is often wet. Spend time in awe watching the gorillas go about their activities. Each encounter is different and has its own rewards, but you are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters frolic and swing from vines in a delightfully playful display. A recently proclaimed World Heritage site, it’s one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth and its unique, precious flora sustains roughly half of the world population of mountain gorillas – believed to number just 600. There’s also a substantial chimpanzee population and research shows that Bwindi is the only forest in Africa in which these two apes live together. Dinner and overnight Buhoma Community.
Day 15. Departure
After an early breakfast, return to Kampala for departure.
TARIFFS : (includes the gorilla permit)
PRICE PER PERSON:
Per person people sharing: USD 4745
- Full board and meals during the entire safari
- Accommodation in huts while on the Ruwenzori and hotels or lodges for gorillas and Kampala
- Transfers with 4×4 Mini bus or
- Guide and porters 25kg per person.
- Park Entrance fees
- Rescue fees in case of emergency rescue on Rwenzori Mountains
- Bottled mineral water while on safari.
- Government taxes
Services not included
- International flights
- Visas (visa for Uganda 50$, Rwanda).
- Tips in hotels, drivers, guides, etc.
- Drinks in general, extras in hotels, expenses of personal type.
- Equipment for the hike
- Extra Luggage (extra 25kg $70)
- Other optional activities that can be made during the tour and not included in the itinerary.
Required equipment and organization of the hike
Required equipment for the central circuit: rucksack, sleeping bag for low temperature and sleeping mat, one plate, cutlery, mug, knife, gumboots (there are many bogs on the way and the gumboots are the best friends of the Rwenzori and its rocks and vegetation), water proof trousers, poncho or rain coat, heavy worm jacket, hand gloves, scarf and cup, one jumper, a torch.
For whoever will climb the peak some specialised equipment is required in addition: crampons, snow gloves, snow goggles, climbing boots, rope and ice axe.
How the hike is organized: The group or the individual person is accompanied by a Guide and by “porters”, who have the duty of transporting some of the luggage for up to 25kg per person (the rest is extra luggage and it will be chargeable at extra cost).
NOTE: Most of the necessary equipment is rentable directly at the store of Rwenzori Mountaineering Services at the base of the Rwenzori. However, we kindly request to communicate in advance what type of equipment you would like to rent in place or buy in Uganda, so that we will guarantee the availability.
Climbing rope 10$, Ice axe 7$, Crampons 7$, Gaiters 3$, Snow goggles 2$, Water proof trousers 3$, Gum boots 3$, Climbing boots 7$, sleeping bag, sleeping mats.